West African Folk-Tales by W. H. Barker, Cecilia Sinclair

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By W. H. Barker, Cecilia Sinclair

A pleasant selection of people stories from West Africa together with 18 Anansi stories, in addition to 17 others. contains the tale of ways the stories got here to be referred to as Anansi stories. within the olden days the entire tales which males instructed have been tales of Nyankupon, the executive of the gods. Spider sought after the tales to be approximately him. Nyankupon agreed, on one situation, particularly that he deliver him 3 issues: a jar packed with stay bees, a boa-constrictor, and a tiger. How Anansi contrived to accomplish these kind of projects is expounded within the beginning tale. appropriate for a while 6 and up.

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This, of course, no one was willing to do. At last, one day, when Anansi was almost worn out with his heavy burden, he met the Ant. " said Anansi to Mr. Ant. "I know your tricks, Anansi," replied Ant. " "Oh, no, indeed, Mr. Ant," protested Anansi. " Mr. Ant, who was an honest fellow, and always kept his own promises, believed him. He took the box on his head, and Anansi hurried off. Needless to say, the sly fellow had not the least intention of keeping his word. Mr. Ant waited in vain for his return—and was obliged to wander all the rest of his life with the box in his head.

The dragon began to climb after him. Each time the monster came too near the young man threw him a bone, with which, being very hungry, he was obliged to descend to the ground to eat. Kweku Tsin repeated this performance till all the bones were gone, by which time the people were safely up in the heavens. Then he mounted himself, as rapidly as possible, stopping every now and then to play a tune on the wonderful fiddle. Each time he did this, the dragon had to return to earth, to dance—as he could not resist the magic music.

Having reached his hut and feeling very tired he prepared to put the stone down. But the stone refused to be moved from his head. It stuck fast there, and no efforts could displace it. The weight of it very soon grew too much for Anansi, and ground him down into small pieces, which were completely covered over by the stone. That is why we often find tiny spiders gathered together under large stones. "Morning Sunrise" A MAN in one of the villages had a very beautiful daughter. She was so lovely that people called her "Morning Sunrise:" Every young man who saw her wanted to marry her.

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